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Feeling crafty after the holidays? Pick up some solid cushion covers and iron-on studs to create your own embellishment designs.

1Super easy to use … just remove the paper backing, place the studs on the fabric and using a pressing cloth and an iron as hot as the fabric will allow, press for 30 seconds. Press a second time on the wrong side, wait to cool and remove the clear film.

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Great to iron-on to jeans, jackets, blouses, totes and more too!

Sparkle Decor

Festive trims in sparkly holiday colours of snowy white, silver, gold, red and green are easy to use when making a new wreath for for your door and more. Choose a metal frame and the trim of your choice for a quick holiday decorating project.

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Or instead, why not use for a glitzy centrepiece? Add a crystal clear hurricane vase and a candle to complete the look.

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Merry Christmas!

A picnic is a perfect way to spend a sunny afternoon in the great outdoors.  Keep dry and warm with this Waterproof Picnic Blanket.

WHAT YOU NEED:

1.8m Ripstop Fabric

1.8m Fleece Print

7m 5/8” Bias Binding

2.5m 1” webbing / belting

4 1” D rings

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Maple Leaf Plaid Fleece in Stores now. Item# 3265015555

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WHAT YOU DO:

1. Cut the selvedge from the ripstop and then cut into one 180cm x 145cm (72” x 58”) piece

2. Take the ripstop fabric and lay it on top of the fleece print, wrong sides together making sure both fabrics lie flat.

3. Pin the ripstop and the fleece print together around the edges.

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4. Baste around the blanket approximately 1cm (1/2”) away from the edge.

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5. Starting in the middle of one side of the blanket, take the bias binding, open it up and with the right side of the binding to the right side of the blanket line it up .5cm (1/4”) away from the edge of the fabric. Working on one blanket side at a time, pin in place and stitch along the first fold line. Fold the bias binding over to the fleece side, lay flat, pin and stitch along bias binding edge. Repeat this step on the other 3 sides. Once your binding meets the other side of the binding fold back .5cm (1/4”) to hide raw edge and finish stitching.

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6. To make the harness for carrying the blanket, cut 2 pieces of the webbing 90cm (36”) long. Insert 1 piece of webbing into 2 D rings, fold back 1cm (1/2”) and then 3cm (1”), making sure D rings are at end, and stitch on edge of folded webbing. Repeat this on other strap. On the other end of the webbing either seal with fray block or stitch across the webbing a couple of times to prevent the webbing from fraying. Cut 1 piece of webbing approximately 45cm (18”) long (this piece will make your carry strap. Take your two long pieces of webbing with the D rings and lay them on a table approximately 20cm (8” approx). Approximately 20cm (8”) from the end of the D rings, place the carry strap across the webbing making sure the ends meet the webbing (do not go past). Stitch carry strap in place hiding the raw edge between the two layers of webbing.

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Fold up your blanket and attach harness. You’re now ready to keep your blanket handy for use anytime, anywhere.

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Do you have a last minute summer project?  How about an comfy bean bag chair for your little one? Pick something fun and a little flighty with this print ‘ Sitting Pretty’  Item #0951002***R

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Bean Bag Chair Instructions

What you need:

1. Two 115cm x 80cm (45″ x 32″) pieces of plain white broadcloth for the bean bag liner and two 115cm x 80cm (45″ x 32″) pieces of more durable upholstery type fabric for the outer shell. We’re using Fabricland’s “Sitting Pretty” fabric (Item#0951002***R) from our Spring/Summer 2015 Indoor Collection and paired it with a Sky Blue Porter Solid (Item#0943202***R) to give the bean bag a two-toned look.

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2. A 56cm (22″) zipper

3. 100 litres of bean bag filling.

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Seam allowance = 1.5cm (5/8″)

What you do:

1. Cut two pieces of 115cm x 80cm (45″ x 32″) white broadcloth or muslin for the lining

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2. Sew the broadcloth together, leaving an opening big enough to fill the liner with the bean bag filler. Turn the liner inside out and fill. Once filled, pin the opening closed and machine stitch or sew by hand.

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3.  Cut one each of the outer fabrics 115cm x 80cm (45″ x 32″). (Total two pieces)

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4. Layer RIGHT side together and pin.

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5. On the long edges use a reinforced stitch such as a zigzag to prevent fraying, then straight stitch the same edges once more. Use a small stitch length to help strengthen these edges.

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6. Fold the fabric in half as shown:

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7. Starting from the folded edge at the bottom as shown in the photo, round one edge removing approximately 15cm (6″) of fabric at the sewn end.

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8.  Zigzag the curved edge and once again reinforce with a straight stitch.

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9. Open the unsewn edge and keeping right sides together as in image A, match the seams as shown in image B, to place zipper properly.

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10. Sew the zipper into this edge.

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11. Turn RIGHT side out, stuff with liner and you’re done!

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Keep your mane under control while looking cool this summer with these colourful headbands.

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Hand Dyed Batik fabrics used in stores now.

Item #0643018000D

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What you need:

1m cotton fabric

15cm (6″)  of 2cm (3/4″) elastic

Scissors, pins, thread, safety pin, chalk pencil and a measuring tape
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What you do:

  • First, measure your head where you would like the headband to sit. See left image below.
  • Next, measure from the bottom of one ear to the bottom of the other as shown on the right.

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Example measurements:  Head = 56cm (22″) Ear to Ear = 33cm (13″)

  • For the top strip, add an extra 10cm (4″) to the ear to ear measurement.
  • Cut two strips 13cm (5″) wide (adjust this measurement if you’d like a thicker or thinner style) by the final ear to ear measurement (example size: 13cm x 23cm)
  • For the back elastic, add 5cm (2″) to the elastic length to allow for the fabric to gather, and cut one strip 20cm (8″) long x 5cm (2″) wide.
  • Fold each of your strips (the 2 large main ones and the one small elastic covering one) in half, lengthwise, with right sides touching. Pin all the way across, forming a tube for each

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  • Fold each strip in half lengthwise, with right sides together and press.
  • To shape the main strip to the size needed to attach back band, taper the edges to the size of the back band strip and curve to center along edges as shown.

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  • Use the newly cut tapered piece as a pattern guide for the second piece. Trace and cut.

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  • Now you should have two main tapered strips of fabric, and one back band strip for the elastic.

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  • Using matching thread, sew across the pinned tops making sure to back-stitch.

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  • Using a safety pin, pencil, and your fingers, turn each section inside out and iron.
  • Iron the main sections with the seams in the middle, as shown.

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  • Make an “X” with the two large tubes, seam sides facing up.

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  • Fold the bottom right section across and over to the top left.

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  • Then fold bottom left section across and over to the top right making sure that center overlapped portion lies flat.
  • Match the 2 left and 2 right ends together to create top headband.

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  • Sew elastic securely to one end of the top headband.

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  • Attach a safety pin to the free end of the elastic. Slide the back band strip over the elastic and gather it onto elastic covering the end attached to top headband.

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  • Fold raw edges of back band covering joined area and either hand or machine stitch in place.
  • Repeat for 2nd side.

 

  • And you’re done!

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Outdoor fabric is made for all your outdoor decorating needs. They’re attractive and durable and are water, mildew and stain resistant. But don’t limit your imagination to outdoor decor only…
Here’s a great idea:

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Keep your furry friends warm this winter with this easy no-sew project. A great place to have treats and take naps…

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What you need:
· fleece
· quilt batting
· grid ruler
· rotary cutter

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What you do:
You’ll need to determine the best size for your dog bed. A good size reference by breed is found here:
http://www.drsfostersmith.com/general/dog_bed_reg.cfm

1. Cut 2 rectangles of fleece adding 6″ (15cm) all the way around.

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2. With both pieces together, cut 1″ (2.5cm) strips, 3″ (7.5cm) long around all edges.

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3. Cut quilt batting to the size of the center (minus the 6″ (15cm) added). Center on top of the wrong size of one layer of fleece.

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4. Add the 2nd layer of fleece on top of the batting and double knot 1 strip from the top to the corresponding strip on the bottom along all edges.

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All Done!

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Optional:
Hand tack at regular intervals to secure all layers together.

Huge Selection of fleece designs, and colours in stock now..

Super soft flannelette is a perfect fabric for beginner sewers and experts alike. There are so many uses…
cozy PJs for chilly nights, rag quilts, receiving blankets, baby toys and crafts of all kinds.

How about this idea for a quick project and easy gift idea?

Click here for downloadable pdf version

Super easy and super fun. New designs arriving all year long.

 

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