How to Make a Crazy Quilt

A crazy quilt is a quilt that is made from scraps of fabric. The scraps come from different types and colours of left over fabrics from old clothing or other sewing projects. Usually there...

History of Quilting

In the article, Medieval & Renaissance Quilting, quilt historian Lisa Evans wrote, "Quilted garments padded Crusader mail, quilted linens adorned Renaissance bedchambers, and quilted Evangelists were treasured at 15th century monasteries." Quilting (stitching together...

How to Make a Patchwork Blind

Patchwork blinds are great additions to any room. With the simple instructions below and some sewing skills you can make an easy-to-hang blind. What you need. First, you will need some plain fabric. Actually, how...

Common Quilting Mistakes Even Pros Make

Like medicine and yoga, quilting is a practice-not something you can master. That can seem like reassuring news for a quilting newbie, but frustrating for those who have been practicing their craft for years....
Knitting

Re-Use Those Plastic Knitting Needles

If you've inherited your grandmother's plastic knitting needles, here's how you can repurpose them. In the kitchen use them as chopsticks when you make Chinese food or having sushi. When making your own candy floss use...
Finish Your Quilt with Tying

Finish Your Quilt with Tying

Sometimes tying a quilt seems like the very last resort to getting a quilt finished. While hand quilters love the look of a skillfully hand quilted quilt, and machine quilters appreciate the beauty and complexity...

Make a Scented Hot Pad

This one is so quick and easy that I'm making a bunch to stick on Christmas presents as "bows" -- scented Hot Pads! Couldn't be much easier to knock together -- and the sweet-scented payoff...
Quilting

12 Days of Learning to Quilt

Learning anything new always takes time and patience. Learning to quilt is no exception. Here are the 12 days of learning to quilt that I used to help a friend make her first baby...
Hand Sewing

Three Basic Stitches for Hand Sewing

Sewing machines help to make sewing faster, but sometimes you need to sew an item by hand, for example, when you are repairing an item. It does take practice to make stitches that are...
Quilting

Family Quilting Traditions

For many people, family quilting traditions have been passed down from generation to generation. Creating a quilt for a to-be married couple or an expectant mother has been in practice since the 17th century...
Knitting Patterns

7 Tips to Read Vintage Knitting Patterns

In the past 50 years, knitting patterns have tended to conform to generally-accepted standards. Before these standards came into being, people wrote knitting patterns using the terminology and conventions of their time. When you...
How to Make Sock Monkeys

How to Make Sock Monkeys

Learn how to make authentic red heel sock monkeys using these step by step instructions. Great for gifts!
Yarn

How to Choose Yarn for Your Next Project

How to choose yarn for your next project, whether for knitting or crocheting, can be an overwhelming task. Your local yarn shop has a vast array of colors and textures. There must be a...

Spinning Wheels – Why Use Them to Make Your Own Yarn

Having your own spinning wheel allows you to make the most beautiful yarn exactly the way you want it. You are in control of the colour, thickness, warmth, strength, choice of fibre and twist....

The History of The Handmade Apron

Aprons of Today and Long ago... Were aprons of yesteryear really made from bags of seeds and flour? When most of us hear the word apron we picture our grand mother in the kitchen wearing...