July 17, 2022: Pattern Searches and Organization.
Guest Presenter, Charlotte Cronin of the Peoria Chapter, Illinois.
(The recording was stopped before questions were taken.)
June 18, 2022- Weaving Wavy Strips. (no recording)
Jan demonstrates weaving wavy strips of fabric together to make an interesting fabric that can then be used for placemats, totes and other items.
Mar 16, 2022 - Cute gifts! Jan Yeh will present and share tips on making tote bags with a Japanese inspired drawstring closure. So many different uses for these and a time to let your creativity soar.
Oct 20, 2021: Casserole Carrier with Helaine Eckstein
• 2 co-ordinating fabrics -21 1/2’’ X 27” of each
• ¾ yd. Bosal or Insulbrite or plain batting
• (2) 3” rings
From each of the co-ordinating squares cut a 21 1/2” square and a 3 or 4” X
Cut the same size square and rectangle from the batting.
Place the 2 fabric squares right sides together. The Bosal will go on the wrong side of the piece of
fabric that will be the outside of the carrier with the shiny side facing away from the fabric. Stitch a
1/4” seam allowance leaving a hole to turn. I leave between 3 and 4”. Be sure to backstitch beginning
and end of seam. Trim corners, turn and press or pin ( if using Bosal DO NOT press at this time, it
shrinks!) seams along edges. Close hole using ladder stitch.
Quilt the finished square. Topstitch if you wish.
Make the handle by placing the 2 rectangles right sides together and batting the same as you did on the
square. Stitch down the 2 long sides at 1/4”, trim batting out and turn. Topstitch and/or quilt handle
Lay quilted square on table with the right side up facing you. Place the handle right sides down so that
it is diagonally opposite on 2 corners. Stitch 1/4” SA. Trim to 1/8”. Flip the handle over and stitch a
3/8” SA. Diagram A
On the opposite corners place the 3” rings and bring the wrong side through the ring so the lining is
showing. Sew across the small corner of the contrasting fabric. Diagram B.
Turn casserole cover so the right side is out and handles lay across the wrong side of the cover. Fold the
corner with the ring to the middle and pull the handle through the ring. Repeat for the other ring
Aug 21, 2021: Zoe's Zipper Bags with Lou (10am on
The pattern is Zoey Zips from www.LazyGirlDesigns.com
Please complete the steps on pages 1 and 2 of the pattern so that we can all start on page 3 together.
To complete the bag during our class please select the size you will be making. I will be making the large.
The materials list below are for the large.
Materials needed are on the pattern, but I will list them here.
2 Coordinating fabrics 13”x13"
1 square fusible fleece medium loft 13’x13’
1 square of light weight woven 100% cotton fusible interfacing. 13”x13”. I really like this fusible interfacing, I bought at Joann.
1 plastic zipper at least 16” I used 22” for larger “handles”on the bag.
3”x5” piece of template plastic or index card
Sewing clips and Desk stapler.
Erasable marking pen
Oct 9: Zipper applications on vinyl and zipper by the yard tips with Lorraine P
Sep 11: Cathedral Window Ornament/Pin Cushion with Karen F
Aug 18: Unique Artsy Rag Dolls with Jan Y
View slideshow recording in You Tube with Jan's narration.
Jan presented her “Artsy Rag Dolls”. A self-proclaimed sewing novice, sews and designs fascinating rag dolls, with such personality. She gave us many tips and sparked our creativity.
You can download her slideshow below in either PDF or Power Point version.
Aug 7, 2021: Packing Cubes with Lorraine
Jun 12, 2021: Appliqué with Cork - Hedy H
Below are the patterns and the Power Point downloads for our Cork Bag class
May 15, 2021: Hope Family Services Bag with Lou
May 1, 2021: Charity Sew pattern review of ditty bags, pillowcases and other items
Apr 21, 2021: Fabric Flowers with Evelyn P. She demonstrated her techniques for making fabric flowers in many applications – jewelry, hair accessories, adorning purses, shirts, and home decorations and has provided a image of patterns for your use.
“There are a lot of different ways to make fabric flowers and I have tried many of them. This one is my favorite. To make these flowers you first need to make fabric sandwiches. Any scrap fabric will do but you need fabric bond to put in between the front and back piece of fabric....that makes your sandwich! Then you can cut out your flower pieces and construct your flower, Evelyn”
Apr 17, 2021: Julie presented iPhone cuff and fabric wrist cuffs with hidden zipper, for credit card, cash, for those times when you don't want to take your purse. (slideshow in Members Only area)
Apr 10, 2021: Heat/ice therapy and Neck Pillows with Karen F.
Mar 17, 2021: Cash and Carry Pouch. Jackie will explain construction of the Cash and Carry zippered pouch by Atkinson Designs.com, the actual pattern can be purchased for $10.) You don't need the pattern to make the simplest version. The pouches make great gifts. The zipper application technique is something you can use on other zippered bags. She'll show a binding technique for the seam allowances which give a finished look to the pouch.
Feb 20, 2021: Inkjet Printing on Fabric (not recorded)
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