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Be inspired by beautiful fall flowers, fruits and vegetables and the changing colours of the season AND use your quilting skills to make this quilted Thanksgiving tablerunner. The autumn theme will not only enhance your table decor, but will also add a welcoming look for the entire season.

complete photo of finished Thanksgiving table runner

What you need:

  • Fabric A – 40cm
  • Fabric B – 20cm
  • Fabric C – 50cm (includes binding)
  • Fabric D – 30cm
  • Backing – 1.8m (or 1m if pieced)

Instructions:

Cut pieces as follows:
Fabric A cut 4 (4 1/2 x 4 1/2” ) squares
Fabric B cut 4 (3 x 4 1/2”) and 4 (3 x 7”) strips
Fabric C cut 4 (3 x 7”) and 4 (3 x 9 1/2”) strips
Fabric D cut 4 (3 x 9 1/2”) and 4 (3 x 12”) strips

illustration of how to create the quilting blocks for this project

Measure finished block size and add 5/8”. Cut 3 squares Fabric A to that measurement and cut each square in half diagonally point to point. Place as photo and sew allowing the points to extend beyond the block.

photo showing added pieces to finished blocks to complete table runner

Arrange pieces as shown and sew pieces together.

arrangement of all pieces to finish table runner top

To finish:

Using basting spray, layer top, batting and backing. Quilt as desired, trim excess and bind edges.

photo of finished Thanksgiving table runner

The fabrics used are from the Autumn Harvest quilting cotton collection. To see the complete group of prints and colours check out this previous blog post.

And if you didn’t have time to make this quilted Thanksgiving tablerunner for fall, it’s a great pattern to use with holiday fabrics for Christmas too!

Halloween Craft Fun

Fall is here so that means Halloween is just around the corner. Get a head start on the fun with easy Halloween crafts using Craft Fun Solids.

With some fun shapes and your imagination, the possibilities are endless. Grab your scissors or rotary cutter for these 3 simple projects to start.

Halloween images of ghosts, bats, lightening and stars.
Ghost banner photo and title image

Ghost Banner

With just a small strip of white craft fun solids, some black twill tape and a little bit of Fabri-Tac glue you can make this super cute ghost banner. Cut out the shapes from the pattern, draw a scary face with a permanent marker and glue to the twill tape. Easy and fun!

Photo of finished ghost banner
Halloween trick or treat bag with bat applique photo and title

Make this easy trick-or-treat bag with 2 rectangles and some appliques. Craft Fun Solids don’t fray so there’s no need to finish any raw edges!

Trick-or-Treat Bag

  1. Cut one rectangle 17×40″ for the bag and another 4×36″ for the handle.
  2. Cut out a circle using a large plate as a pattern and some bat motifs from the pattern below. Place in the center of one half of the bag rectangle as shown. Attach either by machine stitching, Fabri-Tac glue or even a spray adhesive.
  3. Fold the bag rectangle in half right sides together and stitch 2 side edges. Turn right side out.
  4. Fold the top edge down 1″ and topstitch in place.
  5. Fold the handle rectangle in 3 and topstitch along the 2 folded edges.
  6. Pin and sew the handle to the inside of each side seam.
photo of finished trick or treat bag

All little boys and girls love to be superheros …and capes are essential for fighting the bad guys! Craft Fun Solids are so easy to use to make and customize all kinds of things.

Superhero Cape

  1. Cut a rectangle 15×28″. Fold in half lengthwise and mark 7″ along the top edge. Draw a line from the 7″ mark to the outer point of the bottom edge and cut along the line.
  2. Keeping the rectangle folded, mark 2″ from the bottom of the outer edges then draw and cut a curve from the bottom centerfold to the 2″ mark.
  3. Cut out the lightening and star patterns and attach to the center back either by machine sewing, using Fabri-Tac glue or adhesive spray.
  4. Cut a strip 1×40″ for the tie. Pin the right side top center of the cape to the center of the tie along one edge. Stitch the cape to the tie piece using a 1/2″ seam allowance.
  5. Fold the tie strip in half and pin. Edge stitch around entire tie.

Item #0004300 Craft Fun Solids | 100% polypropelene | 145cm

Create your own fun and “Dazzling” Fruit Scrubbies in a few simple steps.

This project is perfect for keeping summer alive all year round and brings just the right pop of colour to your kitchen clean ups!

Materials:
– 2-4 balls of dishcloth or textured yarn* in colours: White, Yellow, Green, Red and/or Black
– 5.5mm (I-9) crochet hook
– 6 stitch markers
– scissors
*Gauge is not important for this project

Abbreviations:
ch = chain
dc = double crochet
st(s) = stitch(es)
sl st = slip stitch

Citrus Lemon & Lime Instructions

Round 1: With colour ‘White’, ch 4. Sl st in 1st ch, creating a loop. Work 8dc into the centre of the loop. Sl st in the 1st dc to close round.

* Switch to colour ‘Yellow’ (or ‘Green’ for Lime)
Round 2: Ch3 (counts as 1st dc), 1dc into same st, 2dc into each st in round. Sl st to top of ch3 to close round.

Round 3: Repeat Round 2.

Round 4: Ch3 (counts as 1st dc), 1dc into each st in round. Sl st to top of ch3 to close round.

* Switch to colour ‘White’
Round 5: Repeat Round 2.

* Switch to colour ’Yellow’ (or ‘Green’ for Lime)
Round 6: Repeat Round 4.

Finishing: Place 6 stitch markers equally around the edge of Round 5. With colour ‘White’, from the center, use surface slip sts between each round until you hit a marker. Repeat 5 times. Weave in all ends.

Watermelon Fun Instructions

Same pattern as ‘Citrus Lemon & Lime’.

Round 1-4: Use colour ‘Red’

Round 5: Use colour ‘White’

Round 6: Use colour ‘Green’

Finishing: With colour ‘Black’, sl st knots to create the seeds. Weave in all ends.

Download your own printable instructions PDF here.

Featured yarn used in this project is Spindle Yarns Dishcloth Dazzle.

Making this origami crossbody bag is easy and fun and oh-so-rewarding. Mix bag and lining fabrics to match all your outfits and add your own strap styles and embellishments to create extra personal touches.

It’s easy to adjust the size to make smaller as an evening bag or bigger for shopping … just be sure the rectangle size is length is 3 times longer than the width.

What You Need:
.3m of 150cm boiled wool fabric (or similar weight)
.3m of lining fabric (any width)
1.2m faux leather or other trim for the strap
2x triangle rings
2x swivel hooks

STEP 1:
Cut 1 piece each of the wool and the lining 36×12”. With right sides together, sew around all edges leaving a small opening.

STEP 2:
Turn right side out, press flat and edge stitch around the entire rectangle. Mark 14” on top and bottom edge as diagram and fold as shown.

STEP 3:
Fold sides towards the center along top and bottom points and pin. Machine stitch in place as far as possible along edgestitch end as shown. Hand stitch remaining opening to the point.

STEP 4:
Flip over and repeat. It will be trickier to sew the flap to the body on the 2nd side. Sew as far as you can and hand stitch remaining opening closed.

STEP 5:
Fold top of the bag tips over triangle ring bar and stitch in place as shown. Cut the strap to your preferred length, fold ends over swivel hooks as shown and stitch.

STEP 6:
Attach handle and add embellishments such as tassels or appliqués to personalize.

With the swivel hooks, it’s easy to make multiple straps to suit your mood or for an extra-easy version, just sew the strap trim directly to the corners of the bag.

Download your own instructions PDF here.

Looking for something to help decorate your home for autumn? Want to be creative and get the kids involved? This Felt Harvest Wreath is the perfect no-sew project!

SUPPLIES
• Wreath Ring
• Felt
• Fabric Of Your Choice
• Trim or Ribbon
• Scissors
• Fabric Glue

Step 1:
Cut out your leaves using the template provided or create your own!

Step 2:
For leaf shape #4 (see template), put a dab of glue on one end and pinch together until secure. This will give the leaf a more 3D effect.

Step 3:
Cut strips of fabric and wrap around your wreath frame. Secure with glue.

Step 4:
Wrap decorative ribbon or trim over the fabric. Secure with glue.

Step 5:
Layer leaves on top of the fabric and glue in place.

TIP: Use pins to map out placement of leaves before securing with glue.

Download project instructions and leaves template here.

If you’re a crocheter AND plant lover, this project is just for you! Create these cute plant holders for your mini succulent pots or other small plants. Hang them anywhere around your home or office and add some life into your living space!

Materials:

Super Bulky 6 or Jumbo 7 weight yarn
12mm crochet hook
1 stitch marker
measuring tape
scissors

Gauge:

6 sc x 7 rows = 4” (10 cm)
* This is only a recommended gauge used to fit a mini 3″ x 2.5″ (7.5cm x 6.5cm) clay pot, using a 12mm crochet hook, as suggested. It is to be used as a reference. You may use the recommended hook size found on the label. Just note, gauge and size of project will vary depending on the yarn and hook size chosen.

Abbreviations:

CH = chain
SC = single crochet
SL ST = slip stitch
ST(S) = stitch(es)

Round 1:

CH3, then close circle with a SL ST in the first CH. Make 1 SC in the middle of the circle, and then place a stitch marker on that ST. Make 5 more SC in the middle of the circle (Total of 6 STS)

Round 2:

Make 2 SC in the first ST. Place stitch marker on the first SC. Continue to make 2 SC in each ST. (Total of 12 STS)

Round 3:

*Make 1 SC in the first ST. Place stitch marker. Make 2 SC in the next; While keeping the stitch marker on the first ST, repeat from * to end of round. (Total of 18 STS)

Round 4:

*Make 1 SC in the first 2 STS. Place stitch marker on the first SC. Make 2 SC in the third ST; While keeping the stitch marker on the first ST, repeat from * to end of round. (Total of 24 STS)

Round 5-9:

Make 1 SC in each ST to end of round. Continue to place your stitch marker on the first SC of the round to keep track of each round. The edges will naturally begin to roll.

Round 10:

CH8, SL ST in the first ST, and continue to SL ST each ST to the end of round, including the CH. (Total of 32 STS)

Finishing:

Measure 8” (20cm) of your working yarn, cut. Wrap the tail end around the CH a few times. This will create the handle of your plant holder. Thread the tail end through all the wraps to keep it in place. Weave in all ends.

Download Printable PDF here.

Featured in this project is our Spindle Yarns “Mammoth”, available in-store.

Reduce your consumption of single use plastic with this Mesh Bag DIY! Simple to make and easy to wash; perfect for your next trip to the supermarket!

Step 1 – Cut a 40cm x 60cm rectangle of mesh. Increase or decrease the size based on the desired size of the bag.

Step 2 – Fold both side edges in 1cm and pin. Fold the top edge down 2cm and stitch 1.5cm from the fold to make a casing for the cord. Clip side edges just below the casing.

Step 3 – Fold the rectangle in half wrong sides together and stitch .5cm along side and bottom.

Step 4 – Turn right side in and hand press the seam. Stitch .5cm along side and bottom to make a french seam.

Step 5 – Turn right side out. Cut 55-60cm of cord. Attach a safety pin to one end and pull through the casing.

Step 6 – Add a cord stop and secure the ends with a knot.

Tip: Heat the ends of the cord with a lighter to stop fraying. * don’t try this with cotton cord!!!

Download instructions here

A versatile addition to your wardrobe, a kimono is great for an evening event or a daytime outing. Plus, with breezy, sheer fabrics, kimonos also make a beautiful cover-up to wear at the pool or beach. Use our DIY how-to and make your own; a great piece for your upcoming Summer vacation!

TIP: If using a fabric that frays easily add some bias binding along the front and neckline edges instead of turning under for added strength.

Download printable step-by-step PDF here.

Download printable neck hole template here.

There are so many fabrics to choose from … here are some new examples.

Item #3495 658 Chiffon Dot | 100% polyester | 147cm
Item #3495 659 Decidedly Digital Chiffon Prints | 100% polyester | 150cm

From the Pacific to the Atlantic and North to the Arctic Ocean; Canada has so much to see. Celebrate the beauty and diversity of the provinces and territories with the Canada Postcard panel prints.

Canada postcard cotton print with provinces and territories
2nd Canada postcard print with provinces and territories
Item #0649120 | 100% cotton | 112cm

These panel prints are fun to make into a Canadian themed quilt in just the right size to cozy up at the cabin or use as an afternoon picnic blanket.

What you need:

1x each Canada Postcard panel
.8m of 112cm solid cotton for sashing
2.5m of 112cm cotton blender for border
2.5m of 112cm cotton blender for backing
Quilt batting of your choice

Panels, cotton quilting fabrics and materials needed to make the Canada Postcard quilt.

What you do:

1. Cut the squares apart leaving the 1/2” border around each. (total 15 squares needed)
TIP: use the border of each square as the guide for cutting.

Single Canada Postcard square from panel print

2. Cut 20 sashing strips 2.5 x 11.5” and 6 strips 2.5 x 46.25”.

3. Arrange the blocks in the order that you’d like.
Then, working left to right, sew on the vertical 11.5” sashing strips = sashing + square1 + sashing + square2 + sashing + square 3 + sashing.
Continue with other 4 rows.
TIP: If you turn the square to the wrong side you can use the border as your seam allowance.

Panel square example with added sashing

4. Sew the horizontal 46.25” sashing pieces to the top and bottom of the 1st row, in between all rows and along the bottom.

Complete panels squares with added sashing for quilt

5. Cut 2 vertical border pieces 6 x 60” and attach along side edges.

6. Next cut 2 horizontal border pieces 6 x 46” and attach along the top and bottom edges to complete your quilt top.

Panel squares with added borders for final quilt top.

7. Measure backing as fabric width x 72” length and layer backing (face down), quilt batting and quilt top (face up). Pin securely and trim. Baste close to edge.

8. To finish, quilt as desired and bind edges.

Close-up photo of quilting stitch and binding
Quilt front
Quilt back

Download instructions here.

Finished Canada Postcard quilt.

With the leftover square, why not craft an easy-sew bag to store and carry your Canada Postcard quilt for your next adventure?

Carrying bag for Canada Postcard quilt

If you’re wanting a more rustic look there’s a second colour choice in both panel designs with grass greens, deeper blues and burgundy colours.

Jazz up your pup’s accessories with this adorable, functional and fun project. With so many trims to choose from you can create styles for every doggy personality … confident and classic, outgoing and sparkly or just laid back and casual; there’s a trim or embellishment for every look!

DIY dog collar examples

What you need:

  • ruler / measuring tape
  • fabric glue / needle & thread
  • scissors
  • webbing (1/2-1″ thickness)
  • D ring
  • parachute clip
  • slider
  • decorative trim
DIY dog collar supplies

What you do:

DIY dog collar instructions

Download instructions here

And why stop here … another great project for your furry friend is this super simple no-sew dog bed.

DIY dog bed and a cute dog named Sushi

Click here to learn how

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