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Make your own chenille fabric

Making chenille is a good way to use up leftover pieces of material. Once you begin, you’ll have many ideas for what to use it for. Here’s a cushion cover project to help get you started You’ll need five unwashed 16×16-inch pieces of cotton for each top. Layer the fabric (right side up), with feature

Quilting for the bathroom

I had a black mat set for the bathroom and didn’t like the toilet seat cover so that got me thinking. I could use the black and also bring up the colour of the walls and towels. I used a paper-piecing pattern for the feature pattern (any could be used such as flowers, boats etc.),


Make A Wheelchair Bag

My son-in-law asked me to make a wheelchair bag for his mother for Christmas. It was a challenge, since I didn’t have a pattern for one, but this is what I came up with and it seemed to work very well. Materials: 28 inches (.7 metre) of a sturdy fabric Approximately 50 to 60 inches

Make A “Hotdog” Pillowcase

A friend of mine gave me this idea which is a quick and fun project. I plan on making each of my eight grandchildren these pillowcases for Christmas. Materials: 27 inches x width of fabric for main piece (mine was 42 inches) 9 inches x width of fabric for the top border 3 inches x

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or our 50th Anniversary party, I made a hanging guest book. This could easily be made for any theme. I started with our wedding picture and then our old farmhouse, continuing on to show the renovated house and the children. The graduation pictures came next and then came the spouses and the arrival of grandchildren.


Easy-To-Make Crayon Quilt – for Aug. 12, 2010

My granddaughter, Makinley, loves to do “crafty” things. She had seen me make quilts and helped to make pillows, and when she was seven years old she wanted to make a quilt. I cut 12-inch blocks from pre-washed, good-quality, 100 per cent cotton and ironed each block on a piece of white freezer paper. Then

Easy-To-Make Crayon Quilt – for Aug. 12, 2010

My granddaughter, Makinley, loves to do “crafty” things. She had seen me make quilts and helped to make pillows, and when she was seven years old she wanted to make a quilt. I cut 12-inch blocks from pre-washed, good-quality, 100 per cent cotton and ironed each block on a piece of white freezer paper. Then

Create With Crayons And Cloth

This is a guaranteed hit with children or grandchildren. My three-year-old granddaughter did the ice-cream cone and just added a scribble touch here and there (to personalize it, I think). It still looks cute. My seven-year-old granddaughter has decided that we should make a quilt so we are choosing her pictures with a theme and


Decorate With Fabric

Making fabric pictures is an excellent way to do your own original decorating at a fraction of the cost. METHOD 1: A large pattern can be used for a large wall and can often be found in the sheeting section of a fabric store. It can match your curtains, pillow shams, tablecloth or anything you

Making Polar Fleece Car Rugs

Ilaughed at myself when I finished these car rugs. I felt like the pioneer ladies as they made their very practical blankets out of worn-out pants and dresses. I had so many scraps of fleece since I have been making polar fleece hooded jackets for many years. With eight grandchildren all getting one jacket or