Easy-to-sew coasters

Not only are they easy for beginners, they are great gifts and a fantastic way to use those fabric scaps you have lying around!

Thanks to Jenny Harris for the inspiration! 

Check out her website for a very good tutorial: http://allsorts.typepad.com/allsorts/2006/11/crisscross_coas.html



If you love to sew pin cushions, you’ll love Better Homes & Gardens’ Bags, Pillows & Pincushions 2009 magazine.

The magazine has instructions and patterns for stacked pincushions – here’s an example.


More bird softie ornaments!

These use a pattern from Sew Pretty Christmas Homestyle and are made of felt with embroidery.  I used stencils for the words ‘Joy’ and ‘Love’ and hand embroidered flowers using a variety of stitches – satin, oyster, stem, french knot, etc.  I used a stamp pad with sand colored ink to make the white birds a bit antique-looking.P1020197