Thursday, February 16, 2017

Project Review of Finished Riolis Beaded Heart Embroidery

I started this project one Saturday afternoon and finished it the following Wednesday afternoon. It probably took less than 10 hours total to complete. There were only two colors of metallic floss and two colors of beads, so it's definitely a must-have if you're looking for a quick and simple project. This kit came with everything needed to complete the project. Again, more than enough floss and beads than you'll need to finish the project. I bought this kit at Hobby Lobby. You may be able to find it online by typing in Riolis Embroidery Kit 1354.

I didn't have time to press it before taking the picture. Sorry about that. I will press it eventually for a project I want to make with all of my small finished embroidery and cross stitch projects.

Have a nice day!

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Nativity Cross Stitch Project

I started this cross stitch project after Thanksgiving and forgot to post it! I found the photos and thought I'd go ahead and share them with you. This is a huge project and may take me a couple of years to finish but I'll keep working on it until it is. One thing you'll learn from me is to never give up. I may stop to work on another project but I'll eventually come back to work on it again.

A glimpse of the project before I began

All the floss after separating it.

The first progress picture I took. I did more after this picture was taken.

This is the section I was working on in the picture above.

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Friday, February 3, 2017

Product Review of my Finished Halloween Cross Stitch

Hi everyone,

I just wanted to drop by and share a picture of the Halloween cross stitch that I finally finished last weekend. I made it from a Halloween Pumpkin Mini Counted Cross Stitch Kit by Artiste and sold by Hobby Lobby. There was plenty of floss left over, so I didn't run out before the project was finished. Easy and fun project.

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Monday, January 9, 2017

Pillowcase Tutorial

Whether you want to have pillowcases for every season and holiday, are tired of boring pillowcases available on the market or have hard-to-fit pillows, you’re going to enjoy this easy tutorial that will help you make your own pillowcases quickly and precisely. In my case, I have an oversized bamboo pillow that is too large for standard pillowcases and too small for queen size pillowcases. It’s so fast you can make several in a day. By the end of the week, your whole family will have new custom pillowcases!  Feel free to sell pillowcases you make using this tutorial, but please give tutorial credit to Sew Practical when doing so. Thanks!
1 ½ yards each of two coordinating fabrics make two pillowcases.

1. Measure the length of your pillow seam to seam. Mine is 31” long.

2. Measure the width of your pillow seam to seam. Mine is 19” wide.
3. Double the width and add ONE inch for ¼” seam allowance and to accommodate for some shrinkage. Mine is now 39” wide. If you want a looser pillowcase, add TWO inches.

4. Cut the new width (will now be referred to as the longest side) by the short side from one piece of fabric. Mine is 31” by 39”

5. For the pillowcase overhang, cut a SEVEN inch by the longest side from the second piece of fabric. Mine is 7” x 39”.

6. Fold the overhang section in half with wrong sides together so it measures 3 ½” x the longest side. Mine is 3 ½” x 39”.
7. Sew the raw edges to the longest side using ¼” seam allowance. Zigzag the edges. Your original length has now increased by 3 ¼”. Mine now measures 34 ¼”.
8. Fold the whole piece in half with right sides together so the overhang ends are touching. Mine measures 19 ½” x 34 ¼”.

9. Sew the raw edges together using ¼” seam allowance. Zigzag the edges.
10. Wash pillowcase, insert pillow and enjoy.

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Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Free Pocket Size Tissue Holder Tutorial

Watch the Youtube video link for this class: Written instructions are below.


Cut (3) 3 ½" x 5 ½" sections

Embellishments of your choice (buttons, ribbon, lace, etc.)
Fold two of the 3 ½" x 5 ½" sections into 1 ¾" x 5 ½" sections. Finger press the fold.  
Add ribbon, lace or applique to the folded pieces as desired.
Sew the 1 ¾" x 5 ½" sections to the remaining 3 ½" x 5 ½" section so that the pressed areas are touching. Sew all raw edges with right sides together. Use ¼" seam allowance.
                  Lay unfolded piece right side up.
Lay folded pieces right side down (right side is the side with embellishments) on top of the unfolded piece. Folds should be touching. Sew pieces together.
Zigzag the raw edges to reduce fraying.
Turn right side out and add any buttons or other embellishments.
Place tissue packet inside. If the packet opens from the top, cut a slit lengthwise down the center of the packet so the tissues will pull through the opening of the cover correctly. Or simply remove the tissues from the packet and place directly inside the cover.

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Monday, December 5, 2016

Christmas Classes

Hi everyone! I finally have a couple of minutes for a quick blog post. So, I wanted to share a few Christmas classes from the site with you. Enjoy!

Candy Treats E Class
Candy Treats E Class
Class Code: #10132
Step-by-Step Instructions Plus E-Pattern
Price: US$4.99
Buy this class! Click for details

Donut Ornies with Mice & Bowl Fillers
Donut Ornies with Mice & Bowl Fillers
Class Code: #10081
Make these adorable donut ornaments & little mice
Price: US$7.99
Buy this class! Click for details

How to Make Pine Cone Garland
How to Make Pine Cone Garland
Class Code: #10270
Primitive holiday garland
Price: US$2.99
Buy this class! Click for details

How to Make Primitive Gift Bags and Tags
How to Make Primitive Gift Bags and Tags
Class Code: #10273
Holiday wrapping is fun with these easy bags and recycled tags!
Price: US$3.99
Buy this class! Click for details

Have a nice day!

Monday, November 21, 2016

Happy Thanksgiving from all of us at

All of us at hope all of you and your families have a very happy and blessed Thanksgiving.

Have a nice day!